The Clark Family Moves In

i just moved to the neighborhood! Hi everyone! My name is Crystal and I am a stay at home mom who also teaches some fitness classes at the local YMCA  and loves to bake! I have been married to my wonderful husband 7 years this summer, and we have 2 amazingly silly kids that are lots of fun. This is house #3 for us, and we have lived here almost 2 years. We started out in a 400 square foot โ€˜studio apartmentโ€™ home, then had the opportunity to move into the two bedroom house next door when our son was 1 year old. (Sometimes I miss the days when I could lay in my bed and hold hands with my son in his pack and play!) We lived right on the main highway of our town, so my husband was always looking to move us to a more family friendly location. When he first took me to see this house, I told him it was one if the dirtiest, darkest, saddest houses I had been in! BUT it was off the highway, had another bedroom for our new daughter, and had an awesome fenced in backyard. My carpenter husband (handy I know!) had an initial vision for this house that I couldn’t see, but now I am so grateful for his leadership and how he really thought through how our family wanted to live. We ended up ripping out the ceiling and all the walls in the living room the week before we moved in, and lived in the construction site for about 5 months before it was safe to bring our couches back home! (Sometimes the construction is slow going when it is your husband and you aren’t paying him!) We have done a lot of work to this home, and I can make a before album when I figure that out, but for now I am so blessed to have found this blog and community as I start to really decorate and make this house our home. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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    Welcome to the neighborhood Crystal! I hope you soon feel as I feel, we have awesome neighbors!! You will find some amazing ideas from everyone and I’m sure that you will have just as much to share. Love your story!

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    Hello! So glad you are joining the neighbourhood! Please feel free to drop by my place. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am looking forward to your posts. There must be so much satisfaction in renovating yourselves and so handy to have your husband be talented in this way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Welcome Crystal! You and I have something in common! My hubby and I also do all the work in our house and it’s very slow going!!! Many times I just want to move and start over again but I know that this little house is a blessing and we are able to live way below our means. I can’t wait to see more of your home. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Hi Crystal! So glad you have joined the neighborhood! Looking forward to seeing more your home and how you made it your own! I like the color combination for the siding of your home. Did you put new siding on your house or was it like that when you bought it? We had our house resided last year and this color gray was one of our choices but we decided be brave and go with pacific blue, which is a deep blue. I will have to share the outside of my home someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Actually we painted the aluminum siding the dark grey, my husband made the white shutters and we painted the fence white. I like this picture of the house in the snow because everything looks so bright and because you can’t see the jungle of landscaping we haven’t touched yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ so happy to be here and meet you all!

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    You and your husband really have my full respect for bringing the house you didn’t like to one you really can live comfortably in. I like your attitude of embracing changes and optimism for all things house and home. I can’t do what you do.

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      Thank you Hanh. I can’t say I have a GREAT attitude through all the changes, but I am learning to find joy and satisfaction in the journey. There were times I would start to get really discouraged, but I trusted my husband, and the kids and I spent alot of time outside at first and at OTHER peoples houses! Ha!

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